Brooks turns down offers to help pay fine

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Ahmad Brooks has said thanks-but-no-thanks to Ray Lewis and Tedy Bruschi.

The San Francisco 49ers linebacker has informed the two former star linebackers and current ESPN analysts that he will not accept their offer to help with his fine. Brooks was fined $15,750 by the NFL for a questionable hit on New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees in the final minutes of the Saints’ victory on Sunday.

Before the fine was levied, Lewis and Bruschi had said they would pitch in because they thought the hit was clean. A source close to Brooks told me that Brooks appreciates the offers but wants to handle the fine himself. He is appealing it.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen tweeted that Brooks has asked Lewis and Bruschi to remain advocates for defensive players in a league where the offense, particularly quarterbacks, gets extra protection.

Brooks left the 49ers’ facility Wednesday without talking to the media. After the game Sunday he said he didn’t feel like he did anything wrong.